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*In a spectacular final demo, Latvian AR group Dzivnieku briviba (Animal Freedom) completed 27 peaceful protests over the summer against Riga Circus and its use of animals – especially the hiring of notorious “trainer” Lars Holscher with African female SONJA (39) and Asian female VANA MANA (43/45/47?). **16 animals, including an elephant (thought to be African female BABY), were seized under accusations of mistreatment from Circus Martin on Sardinia, Italy – the second time this year that the elephant has been impounded.
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 Denver Zoo, Mimi(RIP)Dolly/Bodhi/Groucho/Kimbo/Billy
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Posted: Nov 4 2011, 01:07 PM


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Denver Zoo new home for 7-year-old male elephant

The arrival Thursday afternoon of a 7-year-old male elephant named Bodhi marked a new chapter for the Denver Zoo, where staffers excitedly welcomed the first of the bull elephants for which it built the $50 million Asian Tropics exhibit.

Bodhi, pronounced BOH-dee, traveled by truck with an elephant manager, veterinarian and head animal keeper from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio to his new home — which is nearly completed and slated for a public opening in the late spring.


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19261215


Bodhi joins Asian females Mimi (52) and Dolly (42):
http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=74&show=2

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A lot of propanganda here, but no facts and figures to back it up ...

Denver Zoo finishing world-class expansion for elephants and friends

Read more: Denver Zoo finishing world-class expansion for elephants and friends - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19294110#ixzz1dCorsaEW
Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse



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Thanks for posting, SL.

When you read words like "pitter-patter of enormous feet", "gee-whiz" and "wowed" right at the start of the article, you just know what's coming ...


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Toyota dealers ink deal for naming rights to Denver Zoo's elephant exhibit

Read more: Toyota dealers ink deal for naming rights to Denver Zoo's elephant exhibit - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_...s#ixzz1fgoiYWIq


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Denver Zoo elephants make high-flying move into new habitat

A Mile High version of Dumbo, the flying pachyderm, took flight today when Mimi and Dolly went airborne — in a crate lifted by a crane — into their new home at the Denver Zoo.

Read more: Denver Zoo elephants make high-flying move into new habitat - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_...5#ixzz1fzxxaL7H


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Tucked in at the end of the article:
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"The Toyota Elephant Passage will support the Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan, enabling artificial insemination techniques through semen collection."

Amoral and misguided.


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From the zoo's website - 23 November 2011:

Toyota Elephant Passage Becoming More Defined with Finishing Touches

You've probably heard Bodhi, our new male Asian elephant, has arrived and remains behind the scenes at the Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House inside Toyota Elephant Passage.

Other animals are close to moving into their indoor exhibits on the 10-acre site as well. Animals and staff need months to prepare, train and acclimate to the new facility before it opens in late spring 2012.


http://www.denverzoo.org/toyota_elephant_p...ates/index.html

Links to previous updates at the bottom of the page.


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Denver Council to decide on zoo admission fee hike


The Denver City Council will hold a final discussion on Tuesday to decide whether to raise the admission fee to the Denver Zoo by $2 to help fund the cost of the new $50 million elephant exhibit.

The fee hike, which would also affect facilities and rooms available for public rental, would go into effect this month is approved and help defray the cost of the new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit.


Continue reading on Examiner.com Denver Council to decide on zoo admission fee hike - Denver Top News | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/top-news-in-denver...e#ixzz1iMEjRylD




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New Elephant Will Be Largest Animal At The Denver Zoo

Toyota Elephant Passage is an exhibit designed to house up to eight bull (male) elephants. No other zoo habitat has the capability to accommodate that many males,” Tiffany Barnhart with the Denver Zoo said in a statement.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/01/24/new-...the-denver-zoo/


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Report and video from the zoo's website:

FORT WORTH ZOO ELEPHANT ARRIVES SAFELY AT DENVER ZOO'S TOYOTA ELEPHANT PASSAGE EXHIBIT
41-Year-Old Elephant, Groucho, Becomes the Zoo's largest resident


Groucho's move was sanctioned by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan in support of Asian elephant conservation. Toyota Elephant Passage is an exhibit designed to house up to eight bull (male) elephants. No other zoo habitat has the capability to accommodate that many males. The effort was designed to support zoo breeding programs by providing additional space for bull elephants. Toyota Elephant Passage also will support the Asian elephant Species Survival Plan by enabling artificial insemination techniques through semen collection.

http://www.denverzoo.org/about/news_2012/2...ives-safely.asp


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Slideshow of Bodhi & Groucho in the enclosure.

http://kdvr.com/2012/03/15/slideshow-toyot...-at-denver-zoo/


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Another "state-of-the-art" construction. Thanks for posting, SL.


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Poop-powered zoo cart a dung deal in Denver

The poo-mobile is designed to showcase the gasification technology that will fuel the Denver Zoo's new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, a 10-acre space that opens in June.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-574048...deal-in-denver/


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Excited Fans Get Sneak Peek Of ‘Elephant Passage’ At The Denver Zoo

DENVER (CBS4) – The wait is almost over. In a few weeks the brand new “Elephant Passage” exhibit at the Denver Zoo will be open to the public.

Elephant Passage opens June 1, but the gates finally opened for excited fans at the Denver Zoo Saturday. They were given exclusive advance access to the brand new exhibit.


http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/05/12/exci...the-denver-zoo/


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Denver Zoo gives sneak peak of new elephant exhibit

Groucho, a 41-year-old Asian elephant, hardly seemed to mind as a crowd squealed with excitement as he ate his breakfast.

Several hundred people were lined up for a sneak preview of the Denver Zoo's new 10-acre Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit Saturday morning. When the gates opened shortly after 9:30 a.m., families strolled into the new exhibit with excited steps and wobbly trots aimed directly at the Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House.

Inside, visitors were welcomed by Bohdi, an 8-year-old bull elephant who delighted one little girl when he tugged at a hanging rubber ball with his long trunk.


http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_...lephant-exhibit


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Photos: Elephant Passage at Denver Zoo

http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2...zoo/35585/#name here


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Video:

Denver Zoo Asian Elephant Bodhi Swims in Toyota Elephant Passage

Denver Zoo Asian elephant Bodhi enjoys one of his new pools inside Toyota Elephant Passage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBc3ohwGA-E...=1&feature=plcp


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The zoo has updated its map to show the Toyota Elephant Passage.

http://denverzoo.org/downloads/2012spring_zoo_map.pdf



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At Denver Zoo, human-animal bond is heart of success

Denver Zoo curator Dale Leeds is not allowed to have a favorite animal species. But it's elephants.

Leeds, charged with populating the zoo's new $50 million Asian exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, can't help himself.

"I feel honored to be in their presence," he said. "I could sit like a guest on a bench for hours watching them" ...

The animals signal when they are done with a training session or weary of a demonstration for visitors, pachyderm trainer Gabe Kibe said. Bodhi's especially good at stomping off.


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20715013...l-bond-is-heart



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Denver Zoo begins timed entry at new elephant exhibit to ease crowds

So, for the first time, the zoo is implementing timed entry, which means guests must make a reservation to visit the Toyota Elephant Passage at denverzoo.org or at the zoo's ticket office. They can still visit the rest of the zoo any time during regular summer hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Touring the $50 million Asian exhibit is included in the price of admission, but to avoid overcrowding the 10-acre hot spot, the zoo will pace entry at 15-minute intervals. Once in the Toyota Elephant Passage, guests can explore as long as they like.


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20746497...at-new-elephant



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Pachyderms on parade at new Denver Zoo habitat, which opens to public

The boys of summer at the Denver Zoo — two new Asian bull elephants, Bodhi and Groucho — lead an all-star team of pachyderms and other Asian exotics at today's opener of the $50 million Toyota Elephant Passage.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20755826...o-habitat-which


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Videos + photostream.

Toyota Elephant Passage: Denver Zoo's New Asian-Tropics Themed Exhibit Opens Today (PHOTOS)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/t....html#s=1040498


Comment posted by Keith Walsh:
Only thing I will say to this, I hate seeing elephants in captivity!...they always look so sad! I think we are doing elephants a disservice and treating them inhumanely to put them in Zoos!


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Making elephants, and humans, feel at home at the Denver Zoo through state-of-the art architecture, engineering

For sure, the built environment is created for the guests; one could argue that the elephants couldn't care less whether their shade structure looks like it comes from Malaysia or Macy's, and they probably won't object to the excessive deployment of Toyota logos integrated into the grounds.

But the animals do benefit from state-of-the art care facilities ...


http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci...feel-at-home-at






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Busch Gardens also has this device and they don't have bulls sad.gif

Caption under photo of Barn interior:

The main elephant barn houses two devices that can actually turn a full-grown bull on its side so veterinarians can attend to it.

Read more: Making elephants, and humans, feel at home at the Denver Zoo through state-of-the art architecture, engineering - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci...t#ixzz1wjhU3QS0


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With "species survival plan" we can guess how the device will be used.....

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Elephants in the second half of this video report:

Tapir escapes Denver Zoo enclosure

The Denver Zoo recently opened their latest addition called the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, which is Rinny and Benny's primary habitat. It is believed that Rinny managed to squeeze through two cables and into a fenced area just outside of the visiting area.

The zoo staff is currently housing the two tapirs in a different habitat while an investigation and architectural changes can be made to the new habitat.


http://www.9news.com/news/sidetracks/27119...r-Zoo-enclosure


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Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit is Certified Platinum

“We are extremely proud to receive this honor. As an organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, Denver Zoo is trying to be as environmentally conscious as possible, in every facet of our organization, to support our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding,” says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper. “We simply must be a model for how people can live, work, and thrive with a lighter touch on our planet.”

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/6/prweb9603359.htm


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